One in four car accidents caused by cell phone use while drivingwaqas
One in four car accidents caused by cell phone use while driving… but only five per cent blamed on texting
- About 1.3million accidents, or 26 per cent of all pileups, are blamed on drivers using cell phones
- The number is up about one per cent from last year
- Only five per cent of all accidents are based on texting while driving
Cell phone use while driving is at least a contributing factor to more than one-in-four car accidents across the country.
A recent study from the National Safety Council found that 26 per cent of all car accidents were caused by a driver using a cell phone, but remarkably attributed only five per cent to texting while driving.
The NSC study is released annually ahead of Safe Driving Awareness Month every April.
Only 12 states, Washington, D.C., Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands completely ban handheld cell phone use while driving despite rising cell phone-related pileups, dozens more have conditional bans involving young drivers or even just school bus drivers.
The number works out to about 1.3million total accidents, a one per cent rise from last year’s NSC report, but continues a growing trend.
‘Everybody’s on a telephone,’ a motorist told WINS. ‘If people do cut you off, you look and they’re talking on the telephone. I think they are a problem.’
Distracted driving is believed to be under reported by many, including the Governor’s Highway Safety Association, which told CBS that the lesser instances of accidents resulting from texting while driving may simply boil down to comfort level.
Drivers feel more comfortable making phone calls while driving than hurriedly typing out text messages, a group spokesperson said.
Experts say that laws prohibiting cell phone use behind the wheel aren’t providing much of a deterrent.
‘I can almost guarantee you that someone on either side of you is going to be on their cell phone, and just blatantly so,’ Erin Breen of UNLV Safe Community Partnership told 8 News Now.
‘People either don’t think they are going to get caught or don’t think a fifty dollar fine is enough to stop them,’ she added.
This led to officers in states where distracted driving laws exist being allowed to use the violation as a primary offense starting last year when pulling drivers over, according to the GHSA.
The Nevada Highway patrol has issued more than 3,700 driving while distracted tickets this year, a staggering 67 per cent increase from last year, an NHP spokesperson told 8 News Now.
Suburban Chicago officers issued nearly two dozen tickets to drivers using cell phones while behind the wheel at a checkpoint set up last week, authorities told Patch.
Fines for violations range from $50 for a first offense to $350 for third offense in Nevada after stiffer penalties were rejected by state lawmakers.
A total of 41 states ban texting while driving, and about one dozen ban cell phone use only by drivers under 20 years of age.
Another driver who spoke to WINS had solid advice for this thinking of grabbing their phones while behind the wheel.
Source : Dailymail.